Plans have been lodged to add a new building on to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital as part of a £3.9 million improvement scheme.
The trust has now formally applied to West Norfolk Council for permission to add a two-storey modular building onto the existing department.
In September it was announced the trust had made a successful bid to Government for the cash to redesign the emergency department to create additional treatment areas and invest in support services to ease the strain on it.
The new building is due to ease the pressure on the busy department and is expected to be finished in the spring.
Preparation work has already started on the site as a 100 tonne crane was lifting equipment over the hospital into a courtyard last week.
The application’s access statement says the new building exterior will be buttermilk and mushroom coloured.
It added: “General access into the A&E extension will be via the existing department from two link corridors on the ground floor and from one new linkway on the first floor.
“The extension will be built to match existing floor levels on both floors to provide level access.”
Initiatives to help the accident and emergency department cope with the extra patients expected over the winter months including putting extra doctors into the department along with creating an observation area rather than admitting patients.